The Lemonheads
It's a Shame About Ray


4.5
superb

Review

by eatdogs USER (6 Reviews)
July 25th, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A collection of great music from probably the best decade in, uh... music.

Yeah, so the first time I listened to The Lemonheads was back in the 90’s on local Oklahoma station, Rock 100.5 the KATT. They played the song, “My Drug Buddy”, and it fit well within the usual catalogue of nothing but The Black Crowes and Stone Temple Pilots. I guess Even Dando did something right because It’s a Shame About Ray caught alternative music’s mainstream attention and the band went from being a college rock group, to mtv darlings, at least for a little while. You see, these days Dando is traveling around the world, playing this album front to back. It’s a product of its time and meant something back then, but hopefully the jaded younglings of today can find something to latch onto themselves.

Needless to say, IASAR is a near flawless rock album. Each song is structured nicely and flow together like all albums should aspire to be. Music this honest and heartfelt needs to be heard more, and as far as quality goes, there is not one stinker to be found, unless you just can’t stand their cover of, “Mrs. Robinson” which was tagged along at the end once it hit big time. So, going back to the first mentioned song, “My Drug Buddy”, you will begin to unravel the confines of Dando’s darkest of aspects. Knowing how things like drug addiction and internal fighting caused the band to breakup later, you get a real sense of peeking into a person’s life. It’s actually quite humbling to have someone be this honest about one’s own struggles within. And of course not to forget the other album highlights such as, “Rockin’ Stroll” which always reminded me of Buffalo Tom or early Dinosaur Jr., and “Confetti” which has this very nice catchy chorus and great guitars, plus the tight drumming of David Ryan, The Lemonheads pretty much set the bar for themselves and others during this time and not many could top it.

Another remarkable song is the title track. A little number that’s very big on deep, emotional guitars and inspiring writing that seems only Dando could muster. A Note to be made here is the great backup singing of Juliana Hatfield, who also played bass on the album. It’s always a toss-up as to which songs are my favorite, but after many years have passed by, I can go ahead and say that I love them all. Even the not well known numbers, like the immediate bleakness of “Bit Part,” with it’s opening shout of, “I just want a bit part in your life!” and the country twang influence on, “Hannah & Gabi” seem to grab hold of the listener and demand attention.

The 90’s have been over for a very very long time and this album is just about 20 years old. It’s a bit shocking to know how much this has aged, and yet remain a classic. Sure, I mentioned that it was a product of its time, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We still have the opportunity to go back and re-listen to what’s been said and done and it’s nice to know music that was this good. Re-dig it…



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AliW1993
July 25th 2011


7511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album really needed a review

omnipanzer
July 25th 2011


21825 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Classic 90's alt album.

Bit Part and Alison's Starting to Happen are two of my favorite songs from that time but you are right that they are all great.

Digging: BATS - Alter Nature

trymedude
July 25th 2011


151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good, haven't listened to it in a while though

Fort23
July 25th 2011


3071 Comments


Drug Buddy is a beautiful song.

MisterTornado
July 25th 2011


4507 Comments


Automatic For The People under the RECs? Count me in.

SCREAMorphine
December 14th 2011


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't remember why I bought this but I'm glad I did

ExcentrifugalForz
December 21st 2013


2124 Comments


bump!

zakalwe
December 21st 2013


29070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Packed with top tunes

KILL
July 7th 2014


81232 Comments


quite nice isnt it

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 7th 2014


11449 Comments


gaylords

KILL
July 7th 2014


81232 Comments


shut your boat n jam butters

zakalwe
July 7th 2014


29070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a shame about butters being a bell end.

KILL
July 7th 2014


81232 Comments


this is no gayer than manic street preachers, dont know what his prob is

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 7th 2014


11449 Comments


Guys...

zakalwe
July 7th 2014


29070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Butters

KILL
July 7th 2014


81232 Comments


kitchens like a shit version of drive it all over me by mbv

gd tune

AmericanFlagAsh
September 25th 2014


9050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My Drug Buddy >>>>

Digging: FKA Twigs - Magdalene

xfearbefore
September 4th 2015


1861 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow this needs more love on here. Stunning album that hasn't left my side in about ten years. Some of Dando's best songs, Juliana Hatfield is great on backing vocals, this album is essential man.

AmericanFlagAsh
September 4th 2015


9050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is really overlooked

grannypantys
March 25th 2017


2148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

for good reason



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